Welcome to the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society
Founded in 1996 by Darryl Bey & Larry Lee together with a group of Jazz and Blues enthusiasts, the Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster a greater awareness and love for Jazz and Blues by exposing these great American art forms to the community at-large and to the schools. The Jazz & Blues Society shares ideas with other Jazz and/or Blues-oriented groups locally and around the nation to mutually assist in promoting the growth, appreciation and perpetuation of the Jazz and Blues genres.
The Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society presents Jazz and Blues music to the public in a variety of ways, including: festivals, performances, free jam sessions, hands-on workshops, clinics, community education, and outreach initiatives. Our objectives are to foster greater awareness and enjoyment in the community for Jazz and Blues through education and performances, and to provide scholarships to deserving college-bound students who wish to further their knowledge and skill in the music field.
Each year the Jazz Society awards merit scholarships to worthy area high school graduate musicians and singers, who have displayed high academic achievement, good citizenship and promising musicianship. Plans are being undertaken by the Jazz Society to establish an ongoing scholarship fund for deserving awardees who continue to show superior achievement in their college careers. Scholarships are funded by memberships in the Jazz Society and from revenues earned from the Saturday morning Jazz Market in Ft. Pierce, which is managed by the Jazz Society. In addition to scholarships, winners received a year’s membership to the Ft. Pierce Jazz and Blues Society.